With a space allotment of 10sqm+ per hen on rotated pastures, compared to the 1sqm space allotment policy in conventional freerange eggs, our hens enjoy a stress- and competition free, outdoorsy lifestyle with plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
FEATURES OF PASTURE-RAISING
With a space allotment of 10sqm+ per hen on rotated pastures, compared to the 1sqm space allotment policy in conventional freerange eggs, our hens enjoy a stress- and competitionfree, outdoorsy lifestyle with plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
We treat our girls to fresh pastures and a varied diet by rotating our chook villa every second day or whenever the grass starts to wear thin. This technique also accounts for the well-being of the land, allowing patches to rest and proliferate during the period when no grazing occurs.
From sitting pretty in spring’s celebration of florals and lush greens to winter’s more enduring plants, our hens get to reap the benefits of changing vegetation throughout the year.
Our adventurous hens are voracious omnivores that love to rummage through our plenteous pastures and resources, switching between fresh grass, nutritious seed mixtures, and the choicest resident critters, full of nutritional value, as opposed to the sort of monotonous diets offered at large-scale factory farms.
BENEFITS OF PASTURE-RAISING
The happy, healthy lifestyle that our hens lead is reflected in the 2500-3000 full-bodied,nutrient-rich eggs that they produce daily. Pasture-raised eggs are the best quality eggs on the market and for good reason. Compared to conventional eggs, pasture-raised eggs contain lower levels of cholesterol and saturated fats, and higher levels of beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, Vitamin A, D and E, and traces of Vitamin C.
Sun’s out, buns out! So long as the sun’s out, our hens are heads down, buns up in a meadow of pastures, eagerly and curiously sifting through the offerings of the land. Increased sunlight exposure through pasture-raising methods translates to increased Vitamin D in pasture- raised eggs – up to six times more than conventional eggs!
Tall trees cast shade onto our paddock, providing means for our hens to keep nice and cool whilst roaming, especially when the midday sun is out. When they’re not roaming way out yonder,our hens can resort to the indoors whenever they like.
Our hens are not alone on the open fields; but rather, they are accompanied and guarded under the watchful eye of two faithful Maremma Sheepdogs who protect our hens from any predators that may enter chicken territory, such as foxes and predatory birds.
When the lights go out, the girls roost safely and securely on their wooden perches, completely sheltered from the happenings of the outdoors. In the case of bad weather, our chooks can seek refuge in the comfort of their villa where they are most relaxed.
FREEDOM TO CHOOSE
Our pasture-roaming chickens get to enjoy the luxuries that come with freedom of choice, toing and fro-ing as they please throughout the day, swapping farm gossip with other hens at the drinkers, catching sun, laying eggs, and foraging freely by day, then resigning for the night, safe and sound inside their glorious villa. The sweet life!
Our Chook Villa
A varied and nutrient-dense diet is characteristic to pasture-raising, with hens switching between fresh pastures and resident critters, to nutritious and organic seed mixtures, fully loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Our hens can enjoy their seed fix at the Chicken Feeder, which is made from galvanised, anti-rust sheets and built externally to the villa. The feeder sits low to the ground to restrict our hens from getting underneath and laying their eggs there. Side wings and a waterproof lid account for the rain and act as a source of shade during feeding.
Our chook villa is fitted with solar-powered, Automatic Timed -Hen Exclusion Panels and -LED Lighting. These systems act as cues for the hens when inside the shed to assist with their agenda.The panels influence the hens to move from the AstroTurf Lined Nesting Boxes to the Wooden Perches at night. Keeping the hens away from the nesting boxes at night minimises contamination of eggs and broodiness. Any hens that are still out grazing the farmland at dusk are drawn in by the automatic timed LED lighting. Sufficient and evenly spread lighting allows the hens to form a single line without piling and smothering each other. Once the hens are all perched, the lights automatically switch off and the girls can resign to a night of roosting in the comfort of their villa.